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“Hoochie Coochie Man”

Muddy Waters | 1954

One of the many classic songs written by Willie Dixon and recorded by Muddy Waters, "Hoochie Coochie Man" is a song that every blues guitarist and singer attempts to tackle. Not that they'd ever approach the primal sex appeal and groove of Waters and his classic early electric band. Waters' own band couldn't even do it in the 1970s: "I have to get in there with my guitar and try and bring it down to me," he explained. "But no sooner than I quit playing, it goes back to another different sound."

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“Money For Nothing”

Dire Straits | 1984

Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

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